The recent success of the men's team in reaching the final of the South Zone inter-State badminton championship has buoyed the Tamil Nadu badminton officials who eagerly look forward to the two academies that are planned to come to the State as part of the national endeavour to have 30 coaching institutions all over the country.

This fresh development at the national level had come about in the wake of the excellent results that were seen, thanks to Saina Nehwal in the Commonwealth Games. So much so that badminton has begun to draw the attention of potential sponsors, said Hemant Kumar Sinha, President, Tamil Nadu Badminton Association at a press briefing on Monday.

Saina's success had been cited as an example of how the right infrastructure could be the proper stimulus for the growth of the badminton. “The Badminton Association of India has found a good sponsor who is prepared to join us in the long run, but the first condition is that we should have academies,” Mr. Sinha said.

Mr. Sinha noted that the State's achievement this time had come about despite the fact that the players had not had the benefit of proper coaching in the right infrastructure.

“The first full-fledged academy will be set up in Chennai then we will find another venue to set up the second academy. Once the academies are in place, I am sure we are not only going to win the South Zone, but also produce international players,” he said.

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